The Acorn

A Message from the Principal of AOC, Dr. Fine

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Academy of the Canyons Summer News

Greetings AOC Families,

Happy Summer! Every year, we must say goodbye to some faculty. But, we also have the opportunity to welcome new talent to our AOC family.

To begin, we send our well wishes and thanks to Dr. Robert Walker and Mrs. Eunice Hong for their many contributions to AOC. They were recently hired as administrators at two different school sites. We also say goodbye and thank you to Mr. Jerry Malkowski, Mr. Dustin Funk, Ms. Michele Engerran, and Mrs. Jacquie Pershing-Rousseau. Their outstanding work with students and professional journey will continue at different school sites.

This summer, we hired outstanding, incredibly skilled, innovative, and passionate teachers to join our AOC team. Please help me in welcoming five new full time faculty members to our teaching staff at AOC: Jenni O'Shea, Jessica Hoover, Brooke Eller, Mackenzie Frame, and Jeremy Sparage. Please see their pictures and biographies below. And, we also welcome therapist, Bailey Wagner. We are very excited to have them join our team.

As we get closer to the start of the school year, we also look forward to welcoming our students back to campus with great enthusiasm. We want you to know that we are planning for this return. A dedicated team of teachers and students has been part of an "Opening of the Year Committee" planning activities for the return to school. Dr. Shapiro, Mr. Koegle, Mr. Whilhelm, Mrs. Bisacchi, Mrs. Garvar, Mrs. Herrera, Dr. Fine and students from ASB and Wellness are planning the opening events. We are working together to make sure students feel supported in this transition back to the physical campus. Activities will include student tours, lunchtime activities, music, and the return of our "Rooted Event"!

As a school community, we aim to make this the very best year for our students. It's an exciting time to reunite with our entire community at AOC's campus.

Please enjoy these last few weeks of summer and we look forward to seeing you soon!


Dr. Juliet Fine


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Important Dates for Your Calendar

Dear AOC Families,

Please add these important dates and events to your calendars:

August 4th-
1:30-6pm by grade level - Student Processing Day - drop off required forms, pick up AOC schedule, textbooks, take pictures, and pick up AOC ID.
  • 12th Gr - 1:30p-2:30pm
  • 11th Gr - 2:30p-3:30pm
  • 10th Gr - 4:00p-5:00pm
  • 9th Gr - 5:00p-6:00pm

August 10th - First day of AOC Fall semester

August 16th and 17th - Tentative COC Freshmen/Transfer student Tours

August 23rd - First day of COC Fall semester

August 30th - Student Makeup pictures/AOC ID (also Staff pictures on this day FYI)

August 31st - Back to School Night

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Academy of the Canyons

Located on the campus of College of the Canyons, AOC is proud to be the middle college high school in the William S. Hart Union High School District serving students 9th-12th grades in the Santa Clarita Valley. Students have the opportunity to earn between 24 and 44 transferable college units, prior to receiving their high school diplomas. Upon graduation, the majority of Academy students pursue their post high school education by continuing at COC and completing their college transfer requirements in only one year after high school. Other AOC students go directly into a four-year university, bringing their community college units with them and placing themselves well into their freshman and sophomore years at the college level. While attending AOC as a high school student, community college tuition is waived for established California residents.